Philippians 3:1-11 (True Gain: Righteousness Through Faith in Christ)

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Phil 3:1          Notice the preceding and following context of Paul’s admonition in this Phil 3:to rejoice in the Lord, and recall Paul’s circumstances as he was writing; is our joy as Christians dependent upon circumstances?  What (or Who) is it dependent upon?  See also Phil 1:15-18, 4:4.  Note: in 2 Cor 13:5 Paul admonishes us to…

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Philippians 2:19-30 (Paul’s Fellow Workers / Divine Healing)

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Phil 2:19-24 For what purpose does Paul say in Phil 2:19 that he planned on sending Timothy to the Philippians?  Why was he concerned about their condition?  See Phil 1:27, 2:2-3.  Why would good news of their condition be an encouragement to him in his present circumstances?  For what other purpose did he want to…

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Philippians 2:14-18 (Without Grumbling or Disputing)

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Phil 2:14-16 Note: In Phil 2:15 NASB “prove yourselves” (KJV “be”) is literally “become” (see NASB text note).  NASB “above reproach” (KJV “without rebuke”) means unblemished or without defect, and is the word found throughout the OT to describe the sacrifices acceptable to God (e.g. Ex 29:1, Lev 1:3); see also Eph 5:27, Col 1:22,…

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Philippians 1:27-2:4 (Conduct Worthy of the Gospel)

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Phil 1:27        Note: “conduct yourselves” is literally “live as a citizen” and refers to the responsibilities of citizenship.  What are the responsibilities of our U.S. citizenship?  See Rom 13:1-7.  What are the responsibilities of citizenship in Christ’s kingdom?  See also Phil 1:29.  What do Paul’s words here indicate about a potential problem facing the Philippians? …

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Philippians 1:12-26 (Paul’s Circumstances)

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Phil 1:12-18 In what two ways had Paul’s imprisonment actually resulted in the greater progress of the gospel?  See Phil 1:13-14.  What was the praetorian guard?  See NASB text note and also Mark 15:16, Acts 23:35; note: this was the palace guard.  “There were originally ten thousand of these picked soldiers, concentrated in Rome by…

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Philippians 1:1-11 (Paul’s Love and Prayer for the Philippians)

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Phil 1:1-2     What was Timothy’s relationship to the Philippians that Paul should include him in the greeting?  See Phil 2:19, Acts 16:1,3, 11-12, 19:22, 20:4.  What words does Paul use to describe himself and Timothy, and those to whom he is writing?  Do these words describe God’s ministers and people today?  What two categories of…

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